Monday, February 13, 2012

Tablets for Kids

We are preprogrammed to only think of the Ipad when it comes to tablets, and the Ipad rocks, but they are not the most user friendly when it comes to education.  Their price is prohibitive when trying to go 1:1 with student access to technology, and with budget cuts across the board, cheaper alternatives are the go to for student integration.

Welcome to reality. 

The Kindle Fire is a new alternative to tablets, and the cost (around $200) makes this tablet more affordable to schools.  You can access the internet and can load apps on to the Kindle Fire, but you use the Market platform (not itunes) to find applications. 

The newest addition to the tablet family is the Nabi.  Built for children under 5, this parent controlled tablet allows children to access apps that have been chosen by the parent without fear of accessing inappropriate content.  It comes with a protective case, and gives your child the same benefits of using interactive content in a form that they can more readily understand.  The Nabi comes in at around $199, and parents choose the content they want displayed on the screen before turning over the Nabi to their child.

Finally, the Android Galaxy is a tablet alternative that shares the same cost as the Ipad... but runs flash unlike its Apple Counterpart.  It comes with the Microsoft Office suite and runs all of the Google Mobile services. 

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